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Joey Gatewood was in attendance to see Kentucky destroy Louisville

Photo: Adam Sparks/247Sports

Photo: Adam Sparks/247Sports

Kentucky hosted a slew of top-notch recruits for its blowout victory over Louisville, but they also hosted arguably the top transfer prospect in the nation.

This afternoon, Auburn quarterback transfer Joey Gatewood was in attendance to see the 45-13 victory.

According to Steve Wiltfong of 247Sports, Gatewood was there with four-star Kentucky commit John Young, who is recruiting him to Lexington.

KSR has since confirmed this news.

Gatewood, the No. 3 dual-threat quarterback and No. 36 overall player in the class of 2018, was on campus a few weeks back for Kentucky’s matchup against Tennessee.

At the time, KSR reported the original visit news, with Matt Jones saying on his radio show that Kentucky had a “very good shot” at landing the former four-star prospect.

“It does look like the transfer thing is out,” Jones said. “It’s Joey Gatewood, the quarterback from Auburn that is transferring because Bo Nix has that job in perpetuity. He is looking at a number of schools, but I’m here to tell you, Kentucky is right there for him. Not just in the mix, and I’m not saying we’re the leader, I’m just telling you this is not just a list of schools and Kentucky is one of them. I’m telling you Kentucky is in. They have a very good shot at getting him. That doesn’t mean they will, and I’m not making a prediction, but I’m telling you it’s serious interest.”

The 6-foot-5, 233-pound redshirt freshman out of Jacksonville, FL appeared in seven contests for the Tigers this season, completing 5 of 7 passing attempts with two touchdowns to go with 29 rushes for 148 yards and three touchdowns on the ground.

If Gatewood – who has drawn comparisons to Cam Newton – commits to Kentucky, he would likely have to sit out next season due to NCAA transfer rules before taking over as the team’s starter in 2021. Barring an NCAA waiver, the former four-star prospect would have two years of eligibility remaining.

Outside of Gatewood, Kentucky’s visitor list was quite impressive on Saturday, with five-star defensive tackle Justin Rogers being the headliner.

According to KSR’s Nick Roush, here’s who else was in Lexington this afternoon:

Jimmy Calloway — A four-star wide receiver from Georgia, Calloway made headlines when he said he’s ’80 percent’ committed to Tennessee. Recruited by Steve Clinkscale, the 2020 athlete is expected to make a return trip to UK next weekend too.

Jager Burton — The highest-ranked 2021 recruit in the state of Kentucky, Rivals ranks the Frederick Douglass offensive lineman as the No. 132 junior in America. John Schlarman’s been involved with Burton’s recruitment early and often while Ohio State, Clemson, Oregon and others pursue.

Jordan Lovett — The junior defensive back from North Hardin High School has blown up on the recruiting trail over the last month. He was in the stands to watch Kentucky take on Vanderbilt. Today will be his first unofficial visit to Kroger Field. Lovett has offers from UK, UofL, Cincinnati and Tennessee.

Logan Weedman — Another in-state star in the junior class, the three-star 6’5? tight end from Owensboro’s Apollo High School has a scholarship offer from Kentucky.

Tyson Watson — A three-star defensive end from the Great Lakes State, the 2021 prospect holds scholarship offers from both of the Iowa schools and a handful from the MAC.

Jamie Felix — He’s only a sophomore but he’s already a star in the recruiting world. A four-star running back from Kingsland, Ga., 247 ranks Felix as the No. 69 player in the 2022 recruiting class. The top ten running back holds offers from UK, Florida, Florida State, LSU and many more. By the time he’s set to choose a college, he’ll be able to go anywhere in the country.

As reported by Wiltfong, Young was also in attendance, as was four-star defensive tackle prospect Octavious Oxendine.

Not a bad game for Kentucky’s top recruiting targets to attend…

Article written by Jack Pilgrim

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27 Comments for Joey Gatewood was in attendance to see Kentucky destroy Louisville

  1. notFromhere
    5:06 pm November 30, 2019 Permalink

    Hope this game impressed them enough to fill out the class strong. Gatewood would be huge alone, but Galloway, Oxendine… this may have been the big win we needed…. We need at least one but maybe two more big men for the trenches and a 4 star WR would be ideal

  2. 4everUKBlue
    5:30 pm November 30, 2019 Permalink

    Joey Gatewood, come on down and join the BBN family!!!

    • Bluehender
      5:36 pm November 30, 2019 Permalink

      Come see about it Joey!!

  3. Kevin C
    5:39 pm November 30, 2019 Permalink

    Because he’s got the kid, I won’t be surprised if LBJr tries to make an NFL roster after this season. Gatewood would be the perfect fit for this team next year.

    • Bluehender
      7:00 pm November 30, 2019 Permalink

      Except he wouldn’t be eligible next year..

    • 4everUKBlue
      7:50 pm November 30, 2019 Permalink

      Yep there is that Bluehender….

  4. TheMaxCat
    5:44 pm November 30, 2019 Permalink

    also taking an official visit (after taking an unofficial visit a couple weeks ago) Was Meigs Co. Tn. frosh. LB Luke Pendergrass. He has already had visits to Tn. and LSU.

  5. WKY Cat
    5:58 pm November 30, 2019 Permalink

    Gatewood would be huge! I think he hasn’t even visited another program and been to UK twice. Tea leaves look good.

  6. syrin23
    6:15 pm November 30, 2019 Permalink

    I wonder how impressed he was with our two pass attempts. The way to the NFL as a QB is two pass attempts per game. I have no idea why any legit WR or WB would even answer the phone if Kentucky called.

    • Bluehender
      7:00 pm November 30, 2019 Permalink


    • syrin23
      7:41 pm November 30, 2019 Permalink

      The idiot is the one who can’t put together a coherent response so name calls. Retreat to your safe space snowflake since facts “hurt” you. TWO pass attempts, d’bag. TWO yards per attempt. Sounds like we are QB university, and the “fans” here elated we beat an average Louisville team are the ones who accept mediocrity and an offense less creative than the Oklahoma wishbone. Why don’t you ask yourself how many WR transfer in the off season.

    • syrin23
      7:42 pm November 30, 2019 Permalink

      But fortunately modern football at the college and pro level is all about the rushing offense in lieu of passing. It’s why there is no need for an elite level QB at either level, just RBs.

    • Bluehender
      7:46 pm November 30, 2019 Permalink

      Hey dumb a$$. Why would we even need to throw the football in a pouring down rain when we ran for over 500 yards? I stand by statement. You’re an idiot AND a dumb ass…

    • Bluehender
      7:48 pm November 30, 2019 Permalink

      And a sore loser. You’re no Wildcat fan or you wouldn’t be complaining about pounding Louisville. Go find a U6 fan site…

    • ClutchCargo
      9:29 pm November 30, 2019 Permalink

      Everyone who even watches football: “why throw any passes in this rain with a WR playing QB when we can run on these guys at will?”

      syrin: “but… but… throw the damn ball!”

    • 4everUKBlue
      1:34 pm December 1, 2019 Permalink


  7. BlueCat22
    7:03 pm November 30, 2019 Permalink

    I wonder how impressed Louisville fans were with that whipping. LOL

    • syrin23
      7:44 pm November 30, 2019 Permalink

      Yep, we beat a crappy Louisville team, destroyed any chances we have at recruiting legit WR and WBs meaning mid level SEC teams will continue to put a beat down on us going forward, but we beat the ‘Ville. Big picture doesn’t mean anything.

    • Middy
      2:21 am December 1, 2019 Permalink

      I bet Gatewood thinks we’d run the exact same offense with him behind center. Yeah, I’m pretty sure we’ve only ever thrown it two times a game. How idiotic to speak as though Gatewood or anyone else for that matter can’t see the extenuating circumstances with Lynn at QB. You deserve to be called names. What must look good to a dual threat QB is our line. Imagine the running lanes for a QB who is actually a threat with his arm.

    • 4everUKBlue
      7:54 pm November 30, 2019 Permalink

      Man I’m sure glad you’re not part of the recruiting team. Is it that difficult to have one positive thought?

    • Bluehender
      8:01 pm November 30, 2019 Permalink

      He’s no UK fan 4ever. He’s a sore loser UL fan. Why would any “fan” be complaining about us pounding Louisville with a WR at QB? We ran for over 500 yards in a pouring down rain and this idiot is complaining about not throwing the ball enough…he mad..

    • 4everUKBlue
      9:04 pm November 30, 2019 Permalink

      I don’t understand people who call themselves fans but are never happy whether we win or lose and especially to our most bitter in state rival.

  8. JTT15
    8:37 pm November 30, 2019 Permalink

    syrin must not have had a good time at Thanksgiving with VMI, Pitino and Petrino

  9. blooznky
    12:18 am December 1, 2019 Permalink

    When does Vito Tisdale make his announcement?

  10. zoupman
    8:45 am December 1, 2019 Permalink

    My concern with Joey is, if he is so good, why did he get beat out by a true freshman?

    • ClutchCargo
      12:22 pm December 1, 2019 Permalink

      That’s a reasonable question, but I think that true freshman is just that good. Plus, Joey would have another year to learn and grow into his role, and be ready to hit the ground running in 2021.

    • 4everUKBlue
      1:33 pm December 1, 2019 Permalink

      If you watched the Iron Bowl you saw just how good the true freshman was, and he has deep ties to the program as his father was QB at Auburn. If you didn’t watch the Iron Bowl you missed one hell of a game right up until the end, then the end sucked.